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Ahead of the launch of our event series in partnership with Verso, Feminist Resistance: Strategies for the 21st Century, we present this archive video recording from our Big Ideas series in 2014, with titan of feminist art practice Martha Rosler, interviewed by art historian Steve Edwards. Taking her pivotal conceptual text and image work from the mid-1970s as a starting point, the discussion covers projects including her canonical film, Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975), to her photomontage responses to the Vietnam War, and later, the Gulf Wars. Rosler’s sharp lens offers us a critique of capitalist patriarchy which remains continually relevant.

“Production. Production. Production by women. That’s the paradox of modern life, that women have to play two roles at once, you have to be in the kitchen but also with your guests. And of course in that era of the 60s and 70s when the idea of cookery as a kind of sport for bourgeois women was being promulgated to the populous, it is very important to remember there are producer countries, there are producer genders.” 

The Feminist Strategies series begins with the online event Burn it Down!A Discussion on Feminist Manifestos with Breanne Fahs and Lola Olufemi on Saturday 4 July. The programme continues with further online events throughout 2020 and 2021. Stay tuned for further details.